It was George Washington who voiced the truth that agriculture is the most useful as well as the most honorable occupation of man - a truth that is universally acknowledged. To this worthy occupation Charles Conrad has devoted his time and energies throughout his entire business career, being now the owner of one hundred acres of valuable land on section 8, Mosel township. His birth occurred in that township on the 12th of March, 1872, his parents being Peter and Mary (Prinz) Conrad.
The father, who was born in Prussia, Germany, in the year 1839, was a lad of nine when in 1848 he crossed the Atlantic with his parents, Christ and Catherine Conrad, both natives of the fatherland. The grandfather settled with his family in Sheboygan county, Wisconsin, and spent the remainder of his life on a farm of eighty acres in Mosel township. Both Mr. and Mrs. Peter Conrad make their home with their son, Charles. Their children are five in number, namely: Adam, who resides in Freewater, Oregon, where he owns an orchard; Rudolph, living with his brother, Charles, in Mosel township; Louis; Charles, of this review; and Herman, who is a carpenter by trade and lives in Milwaukee.
Charles Conrad spent his youthful years in the acquirement of an education and in familiarizing himself with the different phases of farm work, attending the district schools and when not busy with his text-books, assisting his father in the operation of the home place. In 1902 he started out as an agriculturist on his own account and has since operated an excellent farm of one hundred acres on section 8, Mosel township. In addition to cultivating the cereals best adapted to soil and climate he raises big-grade Jersey cattle and in both branches of his business has enjoyed an enviable measure of prosperity.
On the 2nd of February, 1902, Mr. Conrad was united in marriage to Miss Elvira Conrad, a daughter of Henry and Margaret (Hetzel) Conrad. Her father is now deceased. Unto our subject and his wife have been born two children, Roma and Raleigh. The parents attend the services of the Evangelical church. Having resided within the borders of Sheboygan county from his birth to the present time, Mr. Conrad has gained a large circle of friends which is almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintances, and his salient characteristics are such as have won for him the unqualified respect, esteem and good-will of his fellowmen.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL